At last year’s NAB, DaVinci released the first software-only version of Resolve, which it had acquired earlier from the renowned color correction company. Pricing at only $995, the Mac-based software brought a recognized name from high end color finishing suites down to where the average editor and color finisher could afford it.
DaVinci Resolve 8 released at this year’s NAB. Important new features include multi-layer timeline support with editing, XML import and export with Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro, support for OpenCL processing (improved results on Apple iMac and MacBook Pro computers), real time noise reduction, curve grading, advanced multi-point stabilization, and automatic stereoscopic 3D image alignment.
Also announced that the show was a free version of the color correction program: DaVinci Resolve Lite. Available for download this past month, the app is in a crippleware version but instead limits projects to SD and HD resolutions, two color correction nodes, a single processing GPU and a single RED rocket card.
Now a useful video has been uploaded to Vimeo. This is a pretty good place to start, as the instructor Warren Eagles of International Colorist Academy takes you on a straightforward path to setting up for your first session.